World's Largest Ferris Wheel is Under Construction
The world's largest ferris wheel is being built in Las Vegas. The outer wheel of the 55-story High Roller ride is scheduled to be hoisted into place Monday. The huge project is now visible from all over the city, including the airport. Early next year, it will be outfitted with 1,500 LED lights and start its slow spin. Caesars Entertainment Corp. is building the ride as part of a $550 million development across the street from Caesars Palace. The High Roller will be 100 feet taller than the London Eye, which opened in 2000, 30 feet taller than China's Star of Nanchang, which opened in 2006, and 9 feet taller than the Singapore Flyer, which opened in 2008. The Las Vegas ride will take 30 minutes to make one revolution. Tickets will be comparable to the London ride, which costs about $30, according to Caesars spokeswoman. The High Roller won't be the tallest for long as New York announced plans last year for a 625 foot ride on the waterfront.